I have been singing “My Favorite Things” from Sound of Music all morning.
When I became a mother I believed that my children had to come first, no matter the cost to myself. For awhile this devotion made me happy.
I bought into the motherhood = martyrdom myth.
I have since dismissed this particular concept and replaced it with one that is much healthier.
I believe in the importance of my own happiness and its pursuit. And the hard truth is that no one else is going to make me happy.
Although I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions, I have decided to make the focus of 2017 my own happiness.
This is not the same as discovering what causes unhappiness.
This is a much more positive focus.
What makes me happy? Is it stuff, experiences, choices or money?
What do I need to do or not do to be happy? Is it an active pursuit or merely learning to appreciate what I have?
I will try to share something at least once a week as I make discoveries. I would love to hear what you do to make yourself happy, too.